“This is another example of how devastating these coal bankruptcies are for our area,” said Mary Varson Cromer, deputy director of the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center.

“Blackjewel’s bankruptcy is especially disastrous for Eastern Kentucky.  First, the miners had to block the train just to get paid. Now, we realize that during the bankruptcy, Blackjewel has ignored mounting, serious environmental violations on these mine sites despite Kentucky’s escalating enforcement efforts,” she said.

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